New PDP Faction: From Left, New National Secretary and Former Governor of Osun State Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Former Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Adamu, Kwara State Governor Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amechi , New PDP Factional National Chairman Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kawankwazo and Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido at Press conference announcing new PDP Factional Leadership in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.
By Henry Umoru
*Members go underground *My life in danger — Baraje…
ABUJA — STRONG indications emerged, Sunday, that members of the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, may have gone underground following planned clamp down on them especially those without immunity.
This development is coming barely 24 hours after the Police sealed off the Baraje office located on Plot 3206A, 4, Oyi River Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.
Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that besides the seven governors who belong to the new PDP who have immunity, others have decided to hide against the backdrop that the closure of the faction’s secretariat on Thursday took them unaware especially following the Friday meeting convened by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other elders of the party as part of moves to end the lingering political quagmire in the PDP.
The meeting which took place, Friday, was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but was inconclusive, though there were assurances from the elders that the two factions will once again come together as one indivisible party members and Chief Obasanjo disclosed that discussions and consultations would continue.
Vanguard also gathered that as part of the punishment for the Baraje’s group, the board of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, which has the Alhaji Baraje as Chairman, will soon be dissolved and will later be reconstituted after his name must have been removed.
Another problem confronting the new PDP is the sharp split and disagreement over the All Progressive Congress, APC and the new Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM.
A source told Vanguard that while some members of the new group want to move to APC, majority of them want to identify with the PDM because they do not want to be identified with the APC, thus further causing a big problem in the new PDP.
It was also learnt that the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, was said to have infiltrated the new PDP, thereby causing the bickering.
My life in danger—Baraje
Meanwhile, Baraje who spoke to Vanguard, yesterday, said his life was in danger following the withdrawal of his security personnel and threat to his life.
He said if anything happens to him, Nigerians and the world will know who to blame. He said: “My security personnel have been removed from my house and in Abuja and somebody of my social status needs such. It is like when you hear the cry of a witch at night and a child dies the next day, you will know where to point the accusing fingers at.”
Bukola Saraki’s security aides withdrawn
Also yesterday, former governor of Kwara State and a member of the new PDP, Senator Bukola Saraki, raised alarm that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the withdrawal of his security personnel, just as he said that the Police boss admitted that it was order from the above.
A statement by Saraki ‘s aide, Bamikole Omishore, read: “Yesterday, the Inspector General of Police directed the immediate withdrawal of security personnel detailed to the former Governor of Kwara State and current Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki (CON). The security personnel withdrawn are from the Senator’s residences in Abuja and Ilorin.
“The inspector, who carried out the exercise, when confronted, disclosed that it was an order from above. It should be noted that the withdrawn security men are legal rights as prescribed by virtue of Kwara State Pension Law of 2010, Third Schedule, Section 2 (3) paragraph H.
“The security details attached to Senator Saraki are therefore formally processed, approved and dispatched to his residences not out of favour or luxury demands.
“In view of this new development, it is evidently clear to us that this cannot be unconnected with the recent political activities going on in the country.
“No doubt, recent events in the nation have been taking strange and tragic dimensions but we have to look beyond our individual interests and let the weight of making Nigeria great dominate our minds as leaders and citizens as Nigeria is bigger than an individual.”
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